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Memory loss is experienced by everybody irrespective of age. Memory loss is not necessarily connected with aging. There are other reasons like stress, depression, nutritional deficiency, head injury, consumption of drugs, alcohol, etc.

Many herbs are found to contain properties that can enhance memory power in addition to preventing memory loss. The names of each herb with its dominant properties and benefits are given below.

Brahmi

This herb rejuvenates the brain and the nervous system. It also improves all aspects of mental function, likeability to learn new things, and to remember and retain the learned.

How to consume:

Candy made of Brahmi leaves is available. You can chew on these candies.
Another way is to consume a paste made with Brahmi leaves, jaggery, and dry ginger powder.

Gotukola

This herb is known as mandukaparni in Sanskrit and known to improve blood circulation and memory.

Ashwagandha (Winter cherry)

Ashwagandha herb promotes mental clarity and cognitive functioning. It also supports the immune system and boosts the memory power of the brain.

How to consume:

Ashwagandha chooran (powder) or paste is available.
You can check this link for detailed information on this herb and how best to consume it for each age group.

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Vacha

This is an herb the meaning of the term itself is “speech”. This herb is found to be very useful in promoting better concentration, clarity of thought, and speech. Besides, it removes depression and sluggishness.

Vacha or Vasambu is an herb that is very good for cognitive functions.
It is especially useful for babies.

How to consume:

  1. Char some dry Vacha on a flame.
  2. Grind this on a stone.
  3. Add honey or breast milk and make a paste.
    This can be given to infants from the age of 3 months for better memory and clarity of thought.

Tulsi

This commonly available herb oxygenates the brain and improves circulation which in turn improves the feeling of well-being and cognition.

Tulsi leaf is also known as Holy Basil and the ideal way to consume this herb would be in its raw form. Chew on around 10 leaves each day.

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Sage

This herb is a known memory enhancer. It has been established that this herb is preventive medicine for Alzheimer’s disease. Sage oil capsules are consumed for better memory recall. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

How to consume:

You can make a tea using Sage leaves or use it as a garnish on many dishes.

You can read about all the benefits of Sage here.

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Ginkgo Biloba

This tree is a native of China and is also referred to as Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree. The flavonoids and terpenoids containing antioxidants in this herb combat free radicals in the brain causing memory loss. They also improve the blood circulation in the central nervous system and develops the brain and enhances the overall functioning of the brain.

Certain studies have claimed that the leaves of this tree can treat Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no proof of this, it certainly seems to have excellent properties to improve memory.

How to consume:

The best way is to grind the leaves and consume them in their raw form along with water. Consume just one teaspoon of ground leaves once a week. Unlike many herbs, this herb isn’t the safest and it is advised to decide the dosage suitable for you after consulting with a naturopathy practitioner.

Note: This herb is not suitable for those who have existing ailments pertaining to the circulation system since it might have certain effects on the anti-coagulant properties of the body. Certain studies also suggest to not use this herb along with other herbs since the combined effect isn’t desirable.

Rosemary

This herb is a sweet-smelling spice. It contains antioxidants. Rosemary is useful in containing cortisol levels and in reducing anxiety. It relieves stress and enhances concentration power.

How to consume:

In addition to using rosemary as a garnish, you can make a simple rosemary tea.

Method:

  1. Boil water in a vessel.
  2. Add 2- 3 teaspoons of dried rosemary herb to the boiling water and allow it to boil for 5 – 6 minutes.
  3. Switch off and allow the dried leaves to seep in for around 5 minutes.
  4. Strain well.
  5. Add a teaspoon of honey, stir, and drink.

You can read about all the benefits of Rosemary here.

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Green tea

Green tea extracts are useful in shielding proteins and lipids thus reduce age-related declines in memory power.

How to consume:

Green tea bags are available in the market. There are different brands at different price ranges. Based on your location, choose the best ones available. You can also make green tea using dried green tea leaves.

Method:

  1. Boil water in a vessel.
  2. Add 2- 3 teaspoons of dried green tea leaves to the boiling water and allow it to boil for 5 – 6 minutes.
  3. Switch off and allow the dried leaves to seep in for around 10 minutes.
  4. Strain. Do not strain too much or the tea may become bitter.
  5. Add a teaspoon of honey, stir, and drink.

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Blueberries

Some studies have proved that blueberries are also useful in enhancing memory power due to the flavonoids in blueberries. Flavonoids are both anti-inflammatory and antioxidants they improve the functioning of the brain including memory power.
You can eat freshly picked blueberries. These taste great and you can just eat them as a snack. A blueberry smoothie is another good way to consume it.

How to consume:

  1. Blend 20 – 30 blueberries in a blender till smooth.
  2. Add milk while blending.
  3. You can add chopped mint leaves or nuts based on your preference and drink.

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Source

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https://www.phcogrev.com/article/2007/1/1-13?qt-sidebar_tabs=0

  • Jurgens, T. M. et al., 2012. Green tea for weight loss and weight maintenance in overweight or obese adults. Cochrane Lirbrary, 12 December.

https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD008650.pub2/abstract

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https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Renu_Kadian/publication/288486259_Theraupatic_potential_and_phytopharmacology_of_Tulsi/links/58be487baca27261e52ea115/Theraupatic-potential-and-phytopharmacology-of-Tulsi.pdf

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  • Shi, C., Liu, J., Wu, F. & Yew, D. T., 2010. Ginkgo biloba Extract in Alzheimer’s Disease: From Action Mechanisms to Medical Practice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11(1), pp. 107-123.

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Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.